What is a Leader?

Education & Training with Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region

There I was sitting in a room with people with the title of leader. These leaders are getting ready to work with others that also have a title of leader. This made me ask the question, what makes a leader?

  • Is a leader someone who helps others figure out what to do or figures out what to do and let others witness it?
  • Is a leader someone who goes first or goes last?
  • Is a leader someone who tells others things or listens to others about things?

The answer to these questions is a simple one...yes.

A leader helps others figure the path and leads by example.
A leader sometimes pulls in the right direction and leads the way and other times pushes in the right direction and follows others.
A leader has answers and is always finding new answers.

Still confused? Here it is summed up in 3 simple points of what a leader does.vision

  1. Set a vision
  2. Clearly communicate that vision consistently
  3. Recruit a team to that vision

1. Set a vision - a leader should have an idea of where they currently are and where they want to go.

2. Communicate that vision - a leader should be able to share the destination with others so they want to go there as well.

3. Recruit a team - through communication a leader should be able to find others that see the same vision, hear the same vision and want to join on the journey to the final vision.

Some visions need a large team to achieve. Then there are some visions the only person you need to recruit is the one looking at you in the mirror!

You might not be a leader in title. That shouldn't stop you from leading. In the different areas of life, we can all be leaders.

  • Maybe you are a leader in the business world.
  • Maybe you are a leader in your health choices.
  • Maybe you are a leader in the way you parent or the type of spouse you are.

The hardest person to lead is yourself so remember that YOU are a Leader and start there!



Chadalyst - The best way to lead others is to lead yourself. Find one thing that you can lead yourself to success at, and do it! Then do it again! Soon enough people will be coming to you for the lessons you have learned and the leadership you display!

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Thomas F. Scanlon
Borgida & Company P. C., CPA's - Manchester, CT

Chad Hyams  - Well done. Excellent post. Communication is key.




Dec 18, 2015 09:43 AM #3
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

What a great message

The best way to lead others is to lead yourself"

Dec 18, 2015 10:51 AM #4
Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA

Great tips on what a true leader is. Really enjoyed the closing paragraph. Find your one thing and do it well.

Dec 18, 2015 01:21 PM #5
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Chad - There certainly are things one can do to make themselves a leader, even without having that title. Thanks for sharing your ideas on leadership. 

Dec 18, 2015 01:50 PM #6
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing leadership traits!!!

  • Is a leader someone who helps others figure out what to do or figures out what to do and let others witness it?
  • Is a leader someone who goes first or goes last?
  • Is a leader someone who tells others things or listens to others about things?
Dec 18, 2015 08:05 PM #7
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

Great post. The tough part for me is to lead when you have a team of those that don't get it!

Dec 18, 2015 09:22 PM #8
Ron Barnes
Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties - Jasper, GA
"Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1!

Great article. You don't have to be smart, just smart enough to get people to follow! Giving credit is huge.

Dec 18, 2015 09:46 PM #9
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


Excellent post!  Many of these traits can be learned by working with horses.  Horses will follow willingly if you are a true leader.  If you are not a good leader, they will take charge and push you around.  Horses can sense it and never lie.


Dec 18, 2015 10:30 PM #10
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Chad Hyams Excellent points identifying a leader. Leading by example always works.

Dec 18, 2015 10:43 PM #11
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There everywhere and diffrent types too. When a good one shows up all prosper

Dec 18, 2015 11:13 PM #12
Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I do think that people look to the leader to actually lead. Like parenting...I set expectations and then help them achieve them.

Dec 19, 2015 03:03 AM #13
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Chad Hyams sometimes, some people take pride in 'title' leadership - and lead the team to......

We all have some or other kind of leadership qualities - we just need to work hard on bringing them out!

Dec 19, 2015 06:49 AM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Excellent post Chad, you answer this often asked question very well and I agree on all three points.

Dec 19, 2015 09:22 AM #15
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Chad - glad to see your blog on the Rain -you have a lot to contribute! 

Dec 19, 2015 09:16 PM #16
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Congratulations on the feature, Chad. Leadership is always a topic of interest.

Dec 19, 2015 11:15 PM #17
Gerhard Ade
RSVP Real Estate - Seattle, WA
What sets me apart, will set you apart.

 A leader is one who is not buying leads.


Dec 20, 2015 10:10 PM #19
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com

I never considered myself a leader until I started my own brokerage. Now that I have agents under me that rely on my experience and expertise I work hard to service and lead them. 

Dec 20, 2015 11:36 PM #20
Chad Hyams
Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region - Johns Creek, GA

You have always been a leader in the world. Glad you finally see it. Remember to lead in ALL areas of your life, not just business

Dec 20, 2015 11:38 PM #21
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Chad - I love your blog and am very happy that Bob Crane re blogged.  I am going to bookmark and subscribe.

Dec 21, 2015 06:03 AM #22
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Good points. A leader (like you maybe) is also someone who is self-confident enough to speak his mind (rather than follow someone else's ideas).

Dec 22, 2015 12:15 AM #23
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